What is Sound Therapy
Have you ever listened to a piece of music and felt like you wanted to get up and dance? Or maybe the piece brought tears to your eye as it filled you with emotion? Have you noticed how music can affect your mood?
Sound and music can calm or stimulate the mind – certain sounds are known to relax and others energise.
Healing with sound is one of the oldest and most natural forms of healing known to man. Think of a mother singing a lullaby to her baby.
For centuries and in all countries and in all traditions, harmonious sound such as music, has been used as a way of soothing the mind and emotions. Some Eastern cultures have long realised that the beneficial effect actually goes much deeper than just a sense of emotional well-being. Harmonious sounds also have a healing effect on the body at a cellular level.
Sound waves travel effortlessly through the body.
You may have felt sound pounding your chest at a concert. Even though you cannot see sound coming from the speakers you know that it is the cause of the physical feeling. Therefore you know that sound moves physical matter.
Sound and music can also move us emotionally. For example, a heavy rock song is very rarely put to a romantic love scene in a movie. It is more likely to accompany a car chase or action scene.
How many times has a piece of music reduced you to tears or given you goose pimples? (Think of Pschyo!)
When healing with sound, I play a combination of ancient and modern instruments to gently bathe the body at a cellular level. The gentle tones of healing sound gently remove blockages in the energy system, therefore allowing the free-flow of energy to be resumed. The end result is that the body heals itself.
Research has shown that certain tones, instruments and vowel sounds can have a positive effect. When these instruments are combined with intention, they help entrain the mind, body and spirit to a more harmonious experience of peace, well-being and balance.
Jonathan Goldman defined the ‘equation’ for optimum healing to take place as:
sound + positive intention = healing effect
You can find out more about the Sound Therapies available by clicking on Therapies above.